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'Saps failing to accurately categorise victim case reports of sexual offences'

Amid the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, the Shukumisa project #16DaysofDiscontent reports back on the performance of various government departments and civil groups.

The South African Police Service has been scored four out of 10 for their inability to effectively categorise victim case reports of sexual offences, which are broken down into 25 classifications.

Activist and researcher, Lisa Vetten, said failure of the police to accurately document and measure the problem exacerbates the lack of services and interventions provided to victims of violence.

You can't set the services where they are needed, if there are not reliable statistics. We also need the figures to measure patterns and trends. Police don't understand that everywhere in the world, rape is under-reported.

Lisa Vetten, Research Associate at Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER)

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